Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite

The Haitian Revolution was fought in the town of Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite from 1791 to 1804 between the Haitian and French Armies. Haiti was led by Jean-Jacques Dessalines and easily defeated the French Army lead by Rochambeau. After such brilliant heights, Haiti's Army was dissolved in 1995 due to several severe human rights abuse claims. For the Army to become official again, a vote by Parliament is required.


The Haitian President Michel Martelly is currently building an army utilizing 41 high school aged recruits who have just completed training in Ecuador. The soldiers will spend additional time training under Ecuadorean Military Engineers who will work with them in rice fields, on road repair, and other public service projects. The needs of Haiti are not protection from war or invaders but more so to rebuild the country that was devastated just three short years ago. Mechanics and engineers are needed for reconstruction.

Among the new recruits are thirty soldiers and ten engineers for defense lead by one officer. At this time the soldiers will not carry weapons but may begin to in three to four years, depending on whether or not they can purchase the weapons themselves. Even then they will only be allowed hand guns. Some Haitians believe efforts should be on police force building.

Ecuador, in its efforts to aid Haiti since the devastating earthquake, has given them financial support of thirty million dollars along with military aid in rebuilding its infrastructure. They will be working to build new roads to connect the rest of Haiti to its capital and to North Beach Resort.

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